Parliament’s National Security Commission to Look into Saravan, Baneh Events
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iranian Parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission is going to hold a special session to explore the recent events in country’s southeastern Saravan and northwestern Baneh cities, a member of the commission said on Saturday.
“The commission’s session will be attended by relevant officials from the interior ministry and the country's border police guard on Monday,” Esmail Kowsari, member of the National Security and Foreign Policy Commission member, told the Tasnim News agency.
This comes after 14 Iranian border guards lost their lives in an ambush attack by a terrorist group on a border post near the city of Saravan in southwestren Iran, near the border with Pakistan, on Friday night. Six more soldiers were wounded in the raid, while the assailants ambushed three other border guards.
Earlier in the day, Hedayatollah Mirmorad Zehi, member of Iranian parliament, quoted the governor of Saravan as saying that Jaysh al-Adl terrorist group was behind the terrorist attack, but said he could not independently verify the report.
Also, five members of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) lost their lives in clashes with the terrorists near the nation's border with Iraq in Baneh on October 9, the worst such violence there in over a year, and two others were wounded.
on Friday, a top commander with the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) said that his forces killed three anti-revolutionary elements and arrested two others near the city of Baneh in Kurdestan province in western Iran.
The commander of Beit ul-Muqaddas division of the IRGC, Brigadier General Mohammad Hossein Rajabi, said that in a Friday raid on anti-revolutionary agents three of them were killed and two others arrested.
He said that the successful operation was launched in close cooperation between the provincial intelligence officers and IRGC forces.
The IRGC top commander said that the armed bandits involved in the Friday clashes might be members of a group that clashed with IRGC forces in Baneh on October 9.
Kowsari added in his interview that the members of the terrorist group that killed the Iranian border guards had infiltrated into Iran from the Pakistani side of the border and that they sneaked back into Pakistan after the deadly raid.
“We will pursue the matter and Pakistan is to account for its failure to control its borders which has enabled a terrorist group to target our border post,” he said.
Kowsari said that after the Monday session a group from the parliament's national security and foreign policy commission will head to Saravan to further investigate the incident.